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The Common Core focuses on close reading, which doesn't require long texts to be read in the classroom. In class, it's valuable to choose excerpts from longer pieces to examine in terms of the appropriate standards (www.corestandards.org). Most reading in high school should be done independently so class time can be spent on close, multiple reading of rigorous text to help students grapple with style, content, and vocabulary by modeling both reading skills and strategies. When I taught 7th grade, we read 6 novels a year, but in class, we only focused on important excerpts so we could really get into them and learn more about author's purpose and style by reading it through different lenses.
I hope this helps,
Hi Katie -wished that worked in my world! We only have class sets of books and most times they are not downloadable -so on the longer reads it's taking us longer to do the close reading because we do have to read the books in class.
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